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This project will improve the flow of traffic through Midway Point, and will align with any future duplication of the causeways.

1About the project

This project, which is jointly funded by the Australian and Tasmanian Governments, will improve the flow of traffic through Midway Point, and will align with any future duplication of the causeways. Improved footpaths and bus facilities will also improve access in and around Midway Point.

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Design plan for Midway Point Intersection Solution

2Start of works

Works will recommence on the Tasman Highway through Midway Point in January 2021, weather permitting, and are expected to follow a nine-month program between January and September 2021.

The highway will be duplicated with traffic signals replacing the current roundabout at Penna Road.

The works during this phase of the project will involve:

  • Vegetation clearing from the rock face next to the Tasman Highway and between the two causeways.
  • The demolition of two houses (1 Penna Road and 1–3 Fenton Street).
  • Modifications to the existing roundabout.
  • Closure of Raynors Road, which will become a cul de sac with no further access to Fenton Street.
  • Excavation of approximately 9 metres of rock face next to the highway on the northern side will allow for the construction of two new lanes on the highway and additional turning lanes into Penna Road.
  • Widening Penna Road where it intersects with the Tasman Highway to allow for the new slip lanes.
  • Construction of two concrete retaining walls, one on both the eastern and western side of the Tasman Highway/ Penna Road intersection – bolts will be drilled into the rock face to anchor the new retaining walls.
  • Screens and safety barriers will be installed to minimise the impacts of dust and keep debris and rock fragments away from the road.
  • Realignment and installation of stormwater, sewer, water, power and NBN networks.
  • Construction of new road pavement.
  • Construction of a new eastbound bus stop.

3How will the work affect you?

The construction program has been devised to minimise impacts to road users by keeping two lanes of the Tasman Highway open through Midway Point (one in each direction), between 6:00 am and 7:00 pm . Notification will be provided if single lane closures need to occur outside these hours.

During construction, works will be carried out between the hours of 6:00 am and 7:00 pm, Monday to Friday, between 8.00 am and 6.00 pm on Saturdays, and between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm on Sundays.

Access to local connecting roads and vehicle access to businesses in Midway Point shall be provided at all times.

The work will involve the use of machinery which generates some noise and dust. We will make every effort to minimise noise by turning off machinery and vehicles when not in use. Barriers and screens will be used to minimise the impacts of dust and keep debris away from the highway.

4Traffic changes

There will be no lane closures on the Tasman Highway in either direction during the morning and afternoon peak times.

Speed limits through the project site will be reduced to 40 km/h at all times unless otherwise safe to increase to 60 km/h.

Motorists should allow up to 15 minutes extra travel time during this work (between 4 January 2020 and 2 February 2021).

Please keep to speed limits and follow the directions of traffic controllers and signs.

Traffic management will be in place to ensure the safety of workers and road users, and will be designed to minimise impacts on traffic.

5How can you check for project updates?

To get the latest information about the project, including road closures and delays, visit www.transport.tas.gov.au

Thank you for your patience during this important work.

6Community Consultation

In June 2019 we asked the community for their feedback on two design options.

We received a lot of feedback on these two options during this engagement process. After reviewing the feedback, and working closely with the key stakeholders, we did more work on what was referred to as option two, and have now released the final design option.

Contact details

For further information about the project, please contact our contractor, Fulton Hogan, on 0473 144 399 or email, MidwaypointSETS@fultonhogan.com.au

Thank you for your patience during this important work.